The Sun Star Cebu reports that after receiving reports of cybersex dens operating in Cebu City, Mayor Michael Rama said he will order the Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) to create a task force that will run after illegal establishments. Mayor Rama said the existence of cybersex dens is “serious” and should be treated “not only as a police matter but also a morality issue,” especially that it often involves minors. I recently published a post about human trafficking in Cebu City involving a raid at a karaoke bar, the Jaguar KTV Bar.
The Sun Star article reports that former City Anti-Indecency Board chairman Dr. Rene Josef Bullecer revealed he got some information that at least three barangays in the city have cybersex dens in its subdivisions operated by foreigners. Police Regional Office (PRO) Central Visayas Director Ager Ontog admitted it is difficult to track down cybersex dens.
Ontog said a lot of technicality is involved in finding cybersex dens. But he said they are doing their “best” to stop the illegal activity. However, following the Jaguar club raid, Ontog said the police will intensify their campaign against human trafficking.
PRO Director Ontog said he has directed all the police units in Central Visayas to monitor the human trafficking situation in their areas.
“This is a long-existing problem,” Supt. Armando Radoc , deputy director for the CCPO (Cebu City Police Office), said about human trafficking. Radoc said they are monitoring some households in the city where there could be prostitution or cybersex operations.
Last week, a cybersex den in Barangay Poblacion Occidental, Consolacion was raided by the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) Central Visayas.
Poblacion Occidental village, Marilou Casul, in an ABS-CBN TV Patrol report, was shocked that a cybersex den was operating in her barangay (village or district.) Casul, who is also Consolacion’s Association of Barangay Captains president, said apartment owners should conduct a background check on their tenants. Well, it's doubtful, Ms. Casul, that many tenants would reveal that they had operated a cybersex den in the past, but I guess a background check couldn't hurt.
Hopefully, the Cebu Police will be successful in stamping out these cybersex dens. However, it is probably safe to assume that some of these operations are also being protected by local barangay tanods (deputized watchmen) and police officers on the take making the eradication of these cybersex dens even more difficult.